Benjie Paras Gets Surprised By Claudine Barretto's Case Against Raymart SantiagoBenjie Paras admitted knowing about Claudine Barretto's and Raymart Santiago's marital issues. As a close friend of the actor, Paras said he heard Santiago talk about his issues with his estranged wife.
However, Paras never thought Barretto will actually file a temporary protection order against her estranged husband, and even accuse Santiago of physically abusing her.
Santiago and Barretto have been living apart for quite some time now, Paras said. The only thing that surprised her was that Barretto has to resort to filing a case against the actor.
Asked if he was able to talk with his friend, Paras said he did not have the chance to ask Santiago about the issue. However, he added he will just let the actor come to him and open up. He doesn't want to interfere into the allegations hurled against Santiago.
The two became friends during their "Kool Ka Lang" days in GMA-7. That sitcom lasted from February 2009 to October 2003.
It saddens Paras though that the couple has to go through these things today. He said they always seemed to work things out even when they had problems before. The former basketball star admitted it is hard for Santiago to adjust to this situation since there are kids involved.
"Siyempre, malungkot din para sa akin dahil alam ko naman na magkakasama kami dati and you only wish for the best para sa kaibigan mo.”
Meanwhile, Paras refused to comment on the issue involving him and his two sons, Andre and Kobe. He said his sons are mature now, and they can decide for themselves if they want to reconcile with their mother, Jackie Forster.
He doesn't want to comment anymore because things would only get ugly the more he tried to defend himself from the allegations that he was the one stopping his sons from reconciling with their mother.
Andre and Kobe earlier asked their mother to give them space before accepting her again in their lives. Forster wanted to reconcile with her sons, who were reportedly traumatized because of her.